Brucie’s Diary: September 2017


Current mileage: 171,475

So, we come almost to the end of another season of shows, and yet it seems that only yesterday Brucie and Opium were being prepared for the 2017 show season!

With a busy season of ahead of her, I decided that Opium MUST have new tyres, so that I could drive her with confidence. Sadly, the original equipment Dunlop TD Sport run-flat tyres are no-longer available, so after a series of emails and phone calls to Dunlop in which I was unable to persuade them that there are enough XJ40’s still running on Metric tyres to warrant re-manufacture of a batch of 220/65/390’s, I gave up and purchased 4 of the equivalent specification tyres now made by Avon. These are available from Longstone Classic Tyres at £294 each, including VAT and at £1200 delivered, this was an expensive start to the season! I was disappointed to have to pay that much for non-original tyres, however, better that than driving on dangerous tyres!

 

Jaguar XJ40 3.6 Sovereign  XJ40 metric wheels and tyres

 

 

Between all the big events, there were lots of ‘local’ shows to attend with our Jaguar Enthusiasts’ Club friends from the Edinburgh and S. E. Scotland Region, including:

Stair Arms, Clay Pigeon Shooting, where we turned up at a Jaguar event in a Maserati!

Five Jaguars (plus one Maserati) attended for a taste of something different at the first event of the year.

Maserati Quattroporte IV at Jaguar event
I did report on Thirlestane Castle earlier in the year, however, at the bottom of this table is a link to more pictures on Facebook.

Rob Jenner and I took 3 cars from our collection – manual XJR, Majestic Insignia and early 3.6 XJ40

Rob Jenner and I took 3 cars from our collection - manual XJR, Majestic Insignia and early 3.6 XJ40
At Lathalmond Show it was ‘bonnets up’ to show off clean engine bays! Again, we had chosen to display our Majestic Insignia and our early 3.6 Sovereign Early 3.6 XJ40 Sovereign and 4.0 Majestic Insignia in White Pearl
Almond Valley Show was itself, relatively uneventful – same cars, same pictures, but on the way there one XJ40 failed, so the picture here is of our cars ‘rescuing’ a fellow Forty, for which we were fed and watered, well !! Early 3.6 XJ40 Sovereign and 4.0 Majestic Insignia in White Pearl and late XJ40 'Gold'
As we were attending Berwickshire County Show independently we decided to take 1 Jaguar and 2 of our other cars (Triumph Herald and Maserati Quattroporte IV), and our Triumph Herald won car of the day! Duns County Show
For Ladybank Show we took X300’s for a change – Brucie and one of our manual XJR’s – I polished Brucie while some people just stood around watching !!

Picture courtesy of Marilyn Young

Polishing Brucie at Ladybank Show
Bo’ness Hillclimb Revival was brilliant, and was preceded the day before by a 95 mile road run to Loch Lomond, so I took Brucie! Brucie and Letitia Mace at Loch Lomond
Sunday featured a competitive hill climb event and a well attended car show in the grounds of Kinneil House Brucie Bo'ness Hill Climb 2017

 

Lots more pictures showing all the Jaguars that attended these events can be found on the Xclusively Jaguar Facebook Page